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Oct 28, 2012 11:30am PDT
travel plans. both were planning to be in virginia, and romney was planning to be in new hampshire. all of those plans have now changed as a result of the path of hurricane sandy. we'll bring you an update on the campaign trail after this. hahahaha! hooohooo, hahaha! this is awesome! folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. i'd say happier than a slinky on an escalator. get happy. get geico. melons!!! oh yeah!! well that was uncalled for. folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy, ronny? happier than gallagher at a farmers' market. get happy. get geico. >>> we wi'll get back to our continued coverage on hurricane sandy in a moment, but on the campaign trail, mitt romney will now be campaigning in the all-important state of ohio. president obama will be staying close to washington as he continues to monitor the developments of this storm. let's talk about ohio and why it is a particularly close race there. we asked likely voters who their choice was for president. barack obama has a 50% to 46% margin over mitt romney in t
CNN
Oct 28, 2012 3:00pm PDT
46%. hurricane sandy playing havoc with the travel plans for both president obama and mitt romney. both those campaigns. the president is leaving d.c. tonight before the weather worsens. and instead of tomorrow as first planned to get down to florida. mitt romney also having to change his itinerary. that's why we are going now to cnn's jim acosta always with the romney campaign and traveling with them. jim, the storm already having an impact on where you're going, isn't it? >> reporter: that is right, don. for the final nine days of the campaign, throw out the white dry erase board and perhaps take the doppler weather radar and lay it over the battleground map because that's how we track this campaign heading into the homestretch here. both campaigns, if you add them together of roughly a dozen campaign events so far between the president and mitt romney, mitt right now is heading to the gymnasium here in marion, ohio, with an event here tomorrow morning and then is getting out of the state. but, don, it will be very interesting to watch the final days of the campaign because of t
CNN
Oct 28, 2012 4:00pm EDT
over mitt romney -- they both have spent several days in the buckeye state and have more on the calendar. >>> critical information for millions of people to know, as hurricane sandy approaches the northeast, josh levs with the hurricane details as they come in. >> new information coming in by the minute. in just a matter of minutes, let me tell you what we're getting there right now. you're seeing our team of country throughout the country. we're gathering new information, including changes at the new york stock exchange, let me also tell you the new information we're getting from other states throughout the region, including great information. new information on massachusetts, let me tell you a little bit about that. one of the many places that's had to close schools is boston. we're looking at more than two million young people that will not have school in the coming days. also another thing to know going into duvall patrick, massachusetts did face some criticism in the wake of the previous storm. the states are trying to do absolutely everything they can to make sure that peo
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 2:30pm EST
, that's the answer! >> you've been listening to mitt romney there in cleveland, ohio stumping tore votes there. we're going to get the strategy of both campaigns this weekend. just two days now right before election day. the president will be visiting florida, another swing state, later on this afternoon, but it's ohio, ohio, ohio that both candidates seem to be spending an awful lot of time in today. we'll be right back. orking peop. the economy needs manufacturing. machines, tools, people making stuff. companies have to invest in making things. infrastructure, construction, production. we need it now more than ever. chevron's putting more than $8 billion dollars back in the u.s. economy this year. in pipes, cement, steel, jobs, energy. we need to get the wheels turning. i'm p. making real things... for real. ...that make a real difference. ♪ for real. ...that make a real difference. trying to find a better job can be frustrating. so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list of almost two thousand corporate partners - companies like microsoft, american red cross and a
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 4:00pm EST
like it could go both ways when you talk about that jobs report, romney trying to use it to his advantage, look at the employmeunemployment rat ticked up and. >> you know, this whole jobs number has been so i think confusing for voters because of course when president obama was elected, the number was very different than when the president took office. depending on when you count all those job losses, depends on whether you think things have gotten dramatically better or just somewhat better. i think that that's going to be sort of an ongoing thing. but a key thing that the obama campaign did, a decision they made early on, i think is what's going to win the election for the president. >> what's that? >> he very astutely said, things are not going as well as you want them to go or as well as i want them to go. but we're going in the right direction, this election is not a referendum on what is happening, it's a choice between two people. and you have to decide, voters, who you trust to be on your side. and i think that kind of fundamental question is what's hurt mitt romney in s
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
. mitt romney, well, he disagrees. we'll get both sides next. from currency trading for a few to a currency market for everyone. the potential of fxcm unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. the potential of yelp unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. take the steps to reach yours, everyowith usgoals. with real advice, for real goals. the us bank wealth management advisor can help you. every step of the way. from big steps, to little steps. since 1863 we've helped guide our clients, so they can take the steps to help grow, preserve, and pass along their wealth. so their footsteps can help the next generation find their own path. all of us serving you. us bank >>> all right, here we go, just two days to go for the race for president. and the presidential can zdidat are making their final pushes that could affect the outcome. hillary rosen is in washington. good to see you hillary. and republican cnn contributor, ray hanselan. great to have you as well. as we head into election day, just a couple of days away, how do you feel about the october sur
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
, medical and property assistance after both natural and man-made disasters. mitt romney suddenly yearned for that very thing after refusing to answer whether he favors doing away with fema 14 times, his campaign spun this answer. quote, i believe that fema plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. as president, i will make sure that the fema has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission. that's different from what he said during a debate. >> some people say do it on a case by case basis but some people say maybe we're learning the lesson here, that states should take on more of that role. >> absolutely. every time you have an occasion and take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> in the wake of sandy, it seems those against fema's future may be having a change of heart. what do you think? is fema necessary? facebook.com/carolcnn. facebook.com/carolcnn. your responses l
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, because both of them are going to be back on the campaign trail. romney is already out campaigning in florida today. the president, he is going to be making stops tomorrow in green bay, wisconsin, boulder, colorado, and vegas. what are the tones that the candidates are iffing to be striking in the days ahead in light of the storm? >> i think it's a tricky issue. for example, today i should mention that jay carney mentioned that the president called nyu medical center, and you'll recall there they lost their generator, and the president called to thank two doctors who helped bring 200 patients to safety during the storm and said this is the way americans come together they will try to end their campaigns on a high note, while trying to make some slight digs -- not slight -- digs, and the others for the negative ads, for attacks in the closing days, and you can't expect the campaign to turn off just because there's been a storm despite the loss of life i'm sure they will avoid politics. it will be focused exclusively on the storm, both men for various reasons, suzanne. >> thank you, jes
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 9:00am PDT
republican campaign is making a last minute play for pennsylvania. this weekend both mitt romney and paul ryan are campaigning in that state. ryan is in harrisburg, pennsylvania, today and tomorrow. romney heading to bucks county. and cnn political editor paul stein houser is live from harrisburg right now. the polls show that romney is narrowing the gap with obama in that state. can he realistically hope to take the state this late in the game? >> reporter: no doubt about it. 90 minutes from me at the airport you'll have paul ryan, the republican running mate holding a rally. yeah, tomorrow mitt romney is going to be in suburban philadelphia. that's the swing part of the state, the part of the state that really determines who wins pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes. the obama campaign is not taking this sitting down. jill biden is coming to pennsylvania to campaign today. and one of the big guns on the obama side, the former president clinton will be campaigning here in pennsylvania on monday. fred, i got here last night. i turned on the tv watching the local news. a lot of campaign
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
the u.s. economy is continuing to heal. so both the white house and the romney campaign weighing in. >>> the last jobs report, of course, is not without controversy. some even accused the obama administration of cooking the books to bring the unemployment down. misguided accusation, for sure. the method used to calculate the numbers can be confusing. with so much on the line we'll explain exactly how it works and talk to the secretary of labor about today's report. busier highways.see usn on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank. month there was quite a bit of controversy when the jobs report was re leleased and unemploymen ticked up to 8.0%, but now tick back slightly to the right now sh, and some people felt that the obama administration had manipulated the numbers after president obama's first panned debate. this was tweet ed at the time b jack
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 2:00pm EDT
days uz way, and both campaigns are making a final push in the battleground states. mitt romney wrapped up a rally in dubuque, iowa. earlier, he was in new hampshire and later he makes two stops in colorado. president obama was in ohio, then he's in wisconsin and iowa and he ends the day in virginia. now to the latest on the aftermath of superstorm sandy. gas is now being rationed in 12 counties in new jersey in an effort to cut down on wait times. people there have been waiting in very long lines for miles and for hours to gas up their cars and get fuel for generators. >> i was in line at three gas stations. they all closed down while i was getting close. >> this is your fourth try? >> the federal emergency management agency has been coordinated with states to accelerate the distribution of fuel to retail locations. >> so despite the long lines at gas stations, sandy is expected to lower gas prices for election day. aaa reports the national price for a gallon of gas fell 1.3 cents to $3.48. they say during the stretch of declines, the average price s dropped nearly 33 cents. >>
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
at myflexpen.com. >>> in a final push, both candidates are touching down in several states each day. tonight, mitt romney is in colorado. tomorrow, president obama will be here in ohio. it's another of those battleground states we have talked about so much. cnn is in all of the hot spots. in colorado, we're live. you talked to "mountain mommas"? who are the mountain mommas. >> reporter: in political speak, they're the overcrowd. here, in this battleground state, a third of the registered voters are registered independents. drill that down even pfurther ad one of the key demos? suburban mothers. with the crunch of fall leaves beneath jogging strollers, this group of suburban colorado moms self-described "mountain mommas" hit their first lap chatting about the final leg in the race for president. >> i'm very torn. >> so you're undecided? >> i am definitely undecided. >> reporter: that makes tina the coveted surprise for both parties. >> knocks on my door, mail, to the tv ads. i put a note on my door that said "there are children napping in this house and i guarantee you you woent get
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
is fun by both sides to do whatever they want to makef of it. >> well, let's let the spinning begin, shall we, mr. velshi. this is some of it right here. i would like to read to you mitt romney's immediate campaign reaction to the jobs numbers that came out a short time ago. he says in part, today's increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. when i'm president, i'm going to make real changes that lead to a real recovery. of course, the president who is also campaigning today had reaction, and in fact, we have just had reaction in the last hour where he was campaigning in columbus, ohio, down state from you, and let me play a quick sound bite we have been able to turn. >> today, our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning we learn ed that the companies have hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> so, ali, being that you are in ohio and perhaps the most critical swing state. i asked christine about the swing states burk, but i did noe enough time for an answer, but ho
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
when it's high. this is both ways. if you are mitt romney you get to say, the unemployment rate has gone higher, and it's still too high. if you are barack obama, you can at on another month, i guess -- i don't know how many months now it is of private sector unemployment. private sector employment growth. what it says to you when you see numbers like 171,000, we believe that 250,000 is the kind of number you have to see to really get the economy going, so this one splits right down the middle. we're in ohio, a state that's split down the middle. undecided split down the middle, and a jobs report that splits down the middle. >> do people feel this? do they feel the recovery, do you think, the folks you talk to? >> what do you think, john? >> i think people do have the sense that things are getting better? they're out of this -- we were in toledo four years ago. the unemployment rate was 12.6%. now it's actually lower than the national average. wered 7.5%. there is a sense that things are getting better, so we're just talking to the mayor of toledo, mayor bell. he was saying that the
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. that rate rose slightly to 7.9%, up from 8% in september. and as predicted, both candidates pounced. the romney campaign says that it shows the economy is at a virtual standstill. and in america's heartland, you may think the jobs report has been a boost for president obama, he won ohio four years ago. and the economy overall is doing better than the rest of the country. but voters are still undecided. and as poppy harlow heard, there are still concerns. >> we basically started this in a run-down garage. >> reporter: that was 33 years ago, how is business? >> slow. >> reporter: you see, kevin has watched the business at his metal company fall and fall, down 20% this year. >> mid-2012, it started to slow down. and it has been a downward trend ever since, probably may. >> reporter: but his iowa is not the iowa the economic numbers illustrate, largely spared by the housing crisis, reaping the benefits of a strong farming sector, and unemployment well below the national average. >> i realize here, we're not bad in iowa. but our customer basis not basically in iowa. >> reporter: matters
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 9:00am EDT
think that the tone that both mitt romney and president obama have taken -- as reresumed campaigning is one of offering their proposals, offering their ideas. and by the way, carol, you're not going to get anything new. you don't get new ideas five days out, six days out. it's not the time to be trying anything new. so we're basically going to hear the same stump speeches from president obama and mitt romney between now and november 6th until our ears bleed. >> thank you, carol. i want to be very clear. what i talked about was certainly not an attack. i was simply pointing out the dissonance and the fact that what his words are saying don't jive with what his policies would actually do. >> my friend, if it sounds like an attack and looks like an attack, it's an attack. >> let's center on sandy for a minute, because anna, you brought it up. mitt romney began his speech by saying please make a donation to the red cross, made absolutely no mention of fema and yesterday his campaign put out this message that he supports help that the government might provide to storm victims. so why not
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 9:00am PDT
thinks both candidates have failed on that front, and that hashingens back to romney's past being pretty moderate socially. suzanne. >> all right. poppy harlow, thank you very much. >>> from plane to car to bruce springsteen for being the right-hand man for tony "sopranos" jim van zandt is a true son of -- we'll hear what he has to say about the devastation of sandy. that's coming up next in the next hour of "newsroom." you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank. >>> jerry sandusky may be sitting in a prison cell, but the penn state child sex abuse case far from over. new today, former penn state university president graham, formerly charged now with perjury, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. he joins the former athletic director and the former vice president of business and fin
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT
campaign for both the president and mitt romney, and the election just five days away. candidates are shifting back now to campaign mode. president obama, he held a rally in green bay, wisconsin. that was just a short time ago. now he is headed to vegas and on to denver. mitt romney, he is at railly with supporters in roanoke, virginia, and he has two other stops in that battleground state today. both the president and romney express concern for those now struggling from that storm, but they also renewed their attacks. take a listen. >> a lot of people lost their lives. a lot of families in the devastated, a lot of homes have been lost and property lost and our hearts go out to the people who are suffering. i know that the boem folks are chanting four more years, four more years, but our chant is this. five more days. >> no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans. leaders of different parties working to fix what's broken. neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy and a spirit that says in the end we're all in this together. we rise or fall in one n
CNN
Oct 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
surprise. well, the storm causing both the president and mitt romney cancel several campaign visits. the president was supposed to rally with former president bill clinton in florida. that's not happening. president obama, he arrived back in d.c. got off air force one. you can see the pictures there. quickly got into the motorcade. normally he is flown in a rain chopper from the joint andrews base in maryland, but weather forcing a road trip back to the white house. that often happens when the weather is pretty bad. they don't want to take any security risks or chance there's. the president scheduled to make remarks about hurricane sandy. that is happening at about 20 minutes or so, 12:45 eastern to be exact, so keep it right here because we're obviously going to dip into that. going to carry his speech live, the briefing. he will talk, obviously, about what the white house and the administration is doing, the number of phone calls, conference calls that he has been making throughout the morning and throughout the weekend preparing for hurricane sandy. of course, in the midst of all
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
the u.s. economy is continuing to heal. so both the white house and the romney campaign weighing in. >>> the last jobs report, of course, is not without controversy. some even accused the obama administration of cooking the books to bring the unemployment down. misguided accusation, for sure. the method used to calculate the numbers can be confusing. with so much on the line we'll explain exactly how it works and talk to the secretary of labor about today's report. busier highways.see usn on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank. this is hayden. he's five years that's elizabeth. and that's skyler... and his mom, nancy. they're just a few of the californians who took it on themselves to send you a message about what they need to restore years of cuts to their schools. prop thirty-eight. thirty-eight raises billions in new revenue - bypasses sacramen
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Nov 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
unemployment rate in a significant fashion and with days before the election, both sides you can bet they find something to talk about in this report, you know, president obama can say it's better than 800,000 jobs losing taking office. romney, he can say that unemployment rate is too high and guess what? both would be right. brooke. >> we'll get the numbers and spin tomorrow. alison kosik, thank you. >>> now to day three of recovery in the northeast. sandy has been absorbed by another weather system now but the superstorm really redefined what waterfront means here in both new jersey and new york. sandy created this new inlet in new jersey cutting this barrier island in to two. our affiliate spoke with a homeowner of the home that was next door. >> there's nothing -- i mean, right now there's -- it's just water where the house would be. there's not even sand where the house was. there's a wake where the house was. since there's nothing left to go back to sift through, whether it's three days or three weeks, you know, all we would be looking at is a sand pile. >> and since this video
CNN
Oct 27, 2012 9:00am PDT
. i've talked to campaign officials both in boston with the romney hq and in chicago with the obama hq. they say they're monitoring the situation, have contingency plans but the safety of the people in the storm's way comes before politics. one other thing fair to say, if this storm does hit and it is devastating, it could be part of the campaign. >> a live event about to be under way. we'll check back with you later on appreciate that paul. >> while mitt romney's quest for the white house, has been documented, ann romney's journey has been fascinating in its own right. in a series of interviews with gloria borger you get a glimpse of her role in this campaign. the journey of ann romney, cnn saturday night, 7:30 eastern time. >>> we continue to watch hurricane sandy. flooding is a major concern for the east coast. we'll tell you what measures are being taken to prepare. >>> and the youngest son of the late robert kennedy is accused of child endangerment and harassment. his case is now in a judge's hands. our legal guys will be weighing in. one is for a clean, wedomestic energy future t
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
white house. both men who want to be in the white house. mitt romney speaking in aetna, ohio. he was in wisconsin earlier. another battleground state. the president here in ohio speaking twice today, holding two live events. that's mitt romney. up next, the right has been hammering the administration's response to the benghazi attack in september, even saying the media has ignored it. not true. cnn has been covering every development in from day one. four days until the election, are voters buying into this particular narrative? fareed zakaria joins me live. so what do you think? basic. at meineke i have options... like oil changes starting at $19.95. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> ohio voters in hilliard and springfield heard the president speak of, quote, progress. >> the american auto industry is back on top. home values, housing starts are on the rise. we're less dependent on foreign oil than anytime in the last ten years. because the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in iraq is over, the war in afghanistan is ending, al qaeda has been dec
CNN
Oct 27, 2012 11:00am PDT
. >>> all right, it has been quite a busy saturday for mitt romney, and president barack obama, both men campaigning at opposite ends of the east coast, romney hitting several areas in florida. he made a stop today in pensacola, and just about a half hour or so from now he will hold a rally in kissimmee. and then he heads to land o lakes. president obama wrapped up a rally in new hampshire, a while ago, we carried that live for you. and of course, you can see mitt romney's speech in kissimmee, he is scheduled to speak at 4:40 or so eastern time. so as we count down the last days to election time, there are key numbers in the battleground state. in new hampshire, it is thinned out now. boy, it was quite the crowd earlier. four electoral votes up for grabs. the president grabbed them back in 2008, and he wants them again. how hard is he working that state. >> reporter: he is working hard, and frankly has to work harder than he did in 2008. he won new hampshire over john mccain by a 10% lead. right now, polls show he has a slight lead, but statistically, the race is tied up between him and
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 2:00pm EDT
. plus, how both president obama and mitt romney are spending the final days on the campaign trail. but first, this. >>> day three of the recovery in the northeast. sandy has now been absorbed by another weather system but redefined what waterfront really means in new jersey and new york. look at this with me. sandy created a new inlet in new jersey cutting the barrier island in to two. our affiliate news 12 new jersey spoke with the homeowner not of the house on the island but of the home that was next door. >> there's nothing -- i mean, right now there's -- it's just water where the house would be. there's not even sand where the house was. there's waves where the house was. since there's nothing for us to go back to to sift through, whether it's three days or three weeks, you know, all we would be looking at would be a sand pile. >> sand pile. since this video was taken, crews built up a road so trucks can pass. and this is just one example of how sandy reworked new jersey's landscape. look at this with me. seaside heights, new jersey. this is before. this is the before and you're go
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Oct 30, 2012 11:00am PDT
. >> wolf, this really had an impact on the campaigns for both president obama and for mitt romney. >> the president not going to campaign tomorrow. i think he will resume his campaigning on thursday. it is sort of froze at least at the top levels, the two presidential candidates, their ability to go out there and campaign. i think they're going to resume it pretty much tomorrow and thursday. romney much more quickly than the president right now. but it is hard to believe, when you think about it, today, one week away from the election, and the election is not dominating the news by any means. it is barely being mentioned, almost an after thought because there is this search and rescue operation, the floods, the continuing disaster as it unfolds. that's obviously the big story, who would have thought, talk about an october surprise. i think sandy has turned out to be a major october surprise. and we don't know what the ultimate ramifications politically will be from what has happened, it is anyone's guess at this point. >> and certainly not on the minds of all those who have been a
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Oct 31, 2012 11:00am PDT
, both from mitt romney and the president, appealing to that sense of unity, no doubt prompted as you point out at least in part to the east coast disaster. do you expect between now and tuesday they'll remove the gloves again? >> reporter: i think the gloves will be removed, particularly because we're seeinging t inthe unprecedented impact of outside money. we already saw one flyer in virginia, associated with apparently americans for tax reform, that tried to politicize the storm. so the outside groups and the outside money, you're going to see an uptick in dirty tricks in part because it is dirty money that is flowing through the election system. the candidates may try to stay out of the fray, but the outside groups will be more than willing to take off the gloves and fight hard because this is a war of attrition now, this fight is so close that it comes down to every vote. it is a game of inches. >> with the close fight, it has been days since we have looked at polls. so in the name of getting our bearings here, we have a poll today, a three-swing state, this is in new york ti
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Nov 4, 2012 6:00pm EST
picture with you guys tonight and take an honest look at both campaigns, what they did right and what they did wrong. we're going to start with the obama campaign, and in a few minutes we're going to take you back to analyze the romney effort. anna, you first. as a political strategist, what did the obama campaign do right during this campaign? >> i think one of the things he did right was his convention. the democrat convention was a very great put-out, organized events. he did a couple announcements that very much energized his face. helping the immigrant kids, the same-sex basis. those two things helped him out. we all think it was a politically-motivated action, but it helped him tremendously politically. so even if it was politically motivated, it worked. >> okay. lz, what about you? what did the obama campaign do right? >> what did he do right? oh, boy. well, i think first thing they did right was they were able to expose mitt romney for being the flip-flopper that he is, and not so much the president himself but his surrogate. i think especially president clinton did a marvelous job
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Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
voting and the optics of both campaigns, president obama has a quick campaigning and run to country. and mitt romney can't attack the president while he's trying to steady the ship, or can he? with us is lz granderson and will cain. thanks for joining us, guys. >> we just heard the president has decided not only to cancel a florida campaign appearance he had scheduled forred to but also canceling another one scheduled for washington so he can be in d.c. and keep the ship steady. i suppose that's a great idea, right, lz? >> it's the smart idea. that's what the president of the united states should do in a situation like this. we're talking about a storm that could impact as far west as wisconsin, in terms of winds hitting power lines and causing some outages. it's very important for him to be presidential right now. >> as far as mitt romney goes, he can't attack the president too much. this is a time that the country needs to come together. so, will, what does mitt romney do? >> carol, i think he attempts to be empathetic. he defers to the president and the leadership position the pr
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 2:00pm EDT
, i can tell you this, both sides are working extra hard, the obama campaign concedes the romney campaign is doing much better than the mccain campaign. governor romney will be in this area, not cincinnati, but to the north of here tonight. we're told republicans expect some 35,000 people at that rally. if that kind of a number shows up, let's get ready for a long count in ohio. >> oh, yeah. i've been going around the state, you're here. and it is get out the vote, get out the vote early, early, early. that's what both sides are focusing on. you're right. the republicans here are extremely organized and are really motivated this time because they know what happened back in 2008. early voting, i've been watching it, what about what you've seen in the same state where i am, do you think it is going to exceed 2008 numbers? >> yes. though there was a dip in cuyahoga county after the storm. the day of voting, for a couple of days, a little below what it was in 2008. overall across the state, both parties think that it will exceed. obama campaign thinks ts a key asset. our goal is to b
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Oct 30, 2012 9:00am PDT
election now. president obama and mitt romney caught in the middle of the storm. both men have a tough balancing act, between the campaign and responding to the disaster. dana bash joining us d.c. the president, being president, in the white house, in the situation room, talking with governors and that's the power of being the incumbent. mitt romney's trying to stay relevant, holding events with relief groups in ohio. does it help, look like he's trying to be political? can he do anything at this point? >> well, let's start with the president. he's trying to look presidential. it's easy when he has that title. he canceled tomorrow's campaign events as well as today's. but he does have the benefit of incumbency. he's using that benefit, big time. the white house released new photos of him getting a briefing inside the white house situation room. getting much imagery of obama in command. that's helpful when he can't be campaigning in battleground states. but let's be honest, suzanne. without the president in those battleground states, advertisements are flooding airwaves there. that's im
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 9:00am EDT
candidates. maria cardona is a contributor. ron bonjean is a strategist. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. ron, let's start with you. are you clear with where romney stands on fema? >> yes. mitt romney said in the past he thinks that there should be a greater role for the states and private sector and i'll tell you what. i think it's smart not to talk about fema right now because you're in the middle of a nature disaster, a hurricane destroyed millions of peoples lives. >> wait a minute. isn't that the best -- >> would not be a good idea. >> isn't that the best time? >> fema administrator craig fugate is doing a great job but much more of a long term discussion that if he's president or when he's president then he can have and to get in the middle of it right now in a natural disaster, let fema do the job and then look at the record and look at and see where mistakes are made and where it can be improved and i guarantee you that the states and the private sector could help with and have a better role in this management. >> maria, he has a point. fe
CNN
Oct 29, 2012 8:00am PDT
still the same. our cnn political editor paul steinhauser is live with me now. both campaigns have had to cancel events but the president still gets to be president. and there's a lot that he has to do right now while mitt romney is not the president and can't necessarily campaign. some people might think that's an edge for the president. but is it? >> reporter: it can be an edge for the president. but if things go wrong with the federal response, he will get blamed for that. that could be the flip side and a political consequence. romney was supposed to be in virginia yesterday campaigning. of course that got canceled because of sandy. he ended up campaigning in ohio, he and paul ryan. at all three stops there, mitt romney was talking about the stops and his prayers for people in harm's way. take a listen. >> i know that right now, some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm, about to hit the coast and our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will find themselves in harm's way. >> reporter: romney today's got an event coming up in a few minutes in ohio. then
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